Karmann has built more than three million vehicle for various automakers in its century-long history, but the Germans are mostly known for their cooperation with Volkswagen , for whom they assembled more than one million units of Beetle , Golf , Scirocco and Ghia models.
Although the partnership came to an end in the early 1990s and Karmann went bankrupt in 2009, Volkswagen is still paying tribute to its life-long partner by releasing limited-edition models of their compact vehicles. Last year, for instance, the Germans placed a Karmann badge and a few unique amenities on the Golf Cabriolet . In a similar fashion, they are now rolling out the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann, a special edition bug that celebrates the classic vehicles built by the Osnabruck company between 1949 and 1980.
Highlighted by a number of unique exterior features and near-luxury interior attributes, the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann is based on the "Design" equipment line, which includes a wind deflector and the Park Pilot parking distance monitor and can be ordered in any engine and transmission configurations. Engine options thus include anything from the 2.5-liter to the turbo 2.0-liter units, as well as the more frugal TDI Clean Diesel oil burner, while transmission offerings consists of a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch.
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Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Karmann Special Edition in detail
Making the Beetle Karmann stand out of the pack is a set of 18-inch "Disc" design wheels fitted with chrome caps and a Sioux Brown electric top that can be paired with seven different exterior body paints. In addition, a Karmann badge mounted on the front fender tells that this Beetle ain’t a regular bug.
Once the doors are open, a set of Karmann-branded sills show up beneath them, while the sports seats are complemented by a leather-wrapped steering wheel and sporty, aluminum-crafted pedals. Rounding off the unique interior is a matte-aluminum dash pad.
Volkswagen is also celebrating the world premiere of the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann2 at the AMI show. Just as in the Golf Cabrio Karmann before it, Volkswagen is paying tribute to the body manufacturing company Karmann with this new special model. Between 1949 and 1980, the company produced many Beetle Cabriolet cars for Volkswagen.
Exterior identifying features of the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann include 18-inch "Disc" design wheels with chrome caps, sport seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, aluminium pedals and dash pad with Beetle look in matt aluminium. The electric top sports the new colour Sioux Brown, both inside and outside, it comes with a colour coordinated tarpaulin and may be combined with seven different exterior body paints. The special model is based on the "Design" equipment line, and it contains a wind deflector and the Park Pilot parking distance monitor. Ordering of the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann begins next month, and it covers all engine-gearbox variants. On the other hand, the Beetle Dune, which is celebrating its German premiere at the AMI show, is a near-production concept car that shows everything that is feasible in this car.